Farewell to Denmark for now
Success in Norway in the late 1980’s led to its Scandinavian neighbours taking notice of Smokie with our first stable line up since reforming. The four year break didn’t do the band any good but it didn’t seem to do any harm either. It felt like we were starting at the beginning but the progress was rapid, no doubt fuelled by the 1970’s sales success. We were aware that Denmark had the most summer festivals of any country in this part of the globe, and we were very soon part of the very busy Danish festival scene. Virtually the whole of summer was reserved for Scandic countries, taking advantage of the long hours of daylight. As I write we are in one of the coldest Springs I can remember, with daytime temperatures not even reaching double figures. Luckily the shows haven’t yet started outdoors but it’s only a few weeks before they do. These three indoor shows mark the end of the Danish leg of The Legacy Tour, a tour that has seen large ticket sales at three familiar venues, Tinghallen in Viborg, Fuglsocentret in Knebel and Musikteatret in Holstebro. In 2023 we are finding out just how much the entertainment market is recovering after the pandemic and the early signs are good. Next week we return to Sweden to play the two rescheduled shows before we take a break for a couple of weeks.